Many times throughout our nation’s history, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have collaborated to pass legislation in a bipartisan manner.
Twenty-one of the 67 Democrats in the Senate voted against the House version of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This group of Democratic senators filibustered the legislation. On June 10, a group of 27 Republican senators joined forces with 44 Democrats to conclude debate on the plan. When the House voted on the Senate version of the measure, both parties came together. The bill was approved by a vote of 136 in favor to 35 against among Republicans in the House. On the Democratic side, there were 153 yes votes and 91 no votes.
In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was passed by the House and Senate with overwhelming support from both parties. According to Ballotpedia, “The Senate unanimously approved the bill on July 24, 1973. The U.S. House approved a version of the bill on September 18, 1973, by a 390-12 vote.”
Other examples of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. include the Social Security reforms passed in 1983 and signed by President Reagan, the Tax Reform Act of 1986, and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. (welfare reform).
But occasionally voting with the opposing party is a poor decision. And fourteen Republicans just committed a heinous act.
Democrats have advocated for gun confiscation since they learned that gun owners are the sole obstacle to their ambition to control America by decree. They have been waiting for a catastrophic mass shooting that they can use to push for strict gun control legislation. It arrived in Uvalde, Texas.
The Western Journal issued the following report:
Fourteen Republicans sided with Senate Democrats Tuesday to advance a gun control bill opposed by the National Rifle Association. The 64-34 vote was the first procedural hurdle facing the legislation.
The NRA put out a statement on the bill which read:
We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level. It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.
This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians. This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.
The Journal continued, “But that was not how Republicans supporting the bill saw it.”
The GOP supporters were: Sens. John Cornyn of Texas; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Todd Young of Indiana; Joni Ernst of Iowa; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Susan Collins of Maine; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina; Rob Portman of Ohio; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Mitt Romney of Utah; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
The turncoat Republican senators gave their opinion of the bill.
Senator Cornyn said “Some think it goes too far, others think it doesn’t go far enough. And I get it. It’s the nature of compromise.” Cornyn headed up the group of RINOs who worked with Democrats on the bill. Read more…